FAQ No.1 Who is Pilates for?
Pilates can work for you as a beginner/ improver, whether fit/unfit, old/young, male/female, overweight/underweight, experienced exerciser/new to exercise

FAQ No.2 What do I need to wear?
Wear clothing that allows you a full range of movement e g jogging bottoms, leggings, shorts in warmer weather but nothing too baggy ( I want to check your posture as you are exercising). Wear layers e g T-shirt and sweatshirt. No trainers needed as you will learn to balance through your feet, so just socks (if you use foot wear for actual leg length discrepancy these can be worn for standing exercises on your specialist’s advice)

FAQ No.3 Do I need to bring a mat?
Yes if you have your own mat bring it along otherwise you can borrow a mat from me until you get your own.

FAQ No.4 Can I join an Improvers session if I am very fit but I have never done Pilates before?
I would strongly recommend doing at least a few Beginner/Intermediate classes to get the foundations of the Pilates principles and techniques, as the Improver classes build on this knowledge.

FAQ No.5 I’ve done no exercise for a very long time and feel very unfit, will I be ok in a Beginners session?
Yes, many people come to me after years of no regular exercise.  They are beginning to suffer with aches and pains and instead of popping painkillers they want to take matters into their own hands and work towards creating a stronger, more balanced, healthier, pain free body. If you are at all unsure you can have a couple of 1-2-1 sessions to build your confidence before joining a class. 

FAQ No.6 Can I do Pilates if I have an injury or condition like Spinal Stenosis or Arthritis?
Yes you can attend a 1-2-1 or Beginner session, with your doctor or Physiotherapists approval and guide lines. Many of my clients come on their doctors or physiotherapists recommendation. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition I would recommend an initial 1-2-1 or several 1-2-1 sessions, so that I can review your posture and give you clear guidelines on any necessary adaptations to exercises.

FAQ No.7 Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant or postnatal?

Yes, once you have your medical advisors go- ahead.  I recommend beginners/intermediate level. Keep me informed as you move into each new trimester as these will effect which exercises need adaptations. If you are new to Pilates, especially if it is your first pregnancy, wait until you have reached 12 weeks. If you have any complications you need to go with the advice of your doctor. It is great for postnatal women once you have had your 6 week check and your medical advisors approval.

FAQ No.8 What is a Beginners Pilates session like?
My sessions are Mat based and use simple equipment that everyone could have at home such as bands and blocks. We will start standing and do a gentle, whole body warm up and set up correct postural alignment. After standing exercises we will go down onto our floor mats. The group sessions are carefully designed to be a balanced full body work out with an emphasis on strengthening core muscles and improving strength and flexibility in your back. Correct alignment of the spine and general framework of the body keeps these exercises safe but if you are working with injuries make sure you have had the go ahead from your medical advisor to practise Pilates. I use positive visualisations during your session which helps you to perform the exercises correctly and achieve the full benefit from them both mentally and physically. I often end my beginner-intermediate sessions with a deep relaxation in which I teach techniques for recognising tension creeping into the body and learning how to dissolve it away.

FAQ No.9 Does Clare Brown Pilates have any areas of speciality?
I strive to empower you to feel confident in taking control of maintaining your own body. I wish to teach you about your whole body alignment and to give you a means of balancing, maintaining and rehabilitating your body. I emphasise working towards correct alignment in your pelvis, shoulders, knees, hips, head and neck and balancing correctly through your feet. Exercising to develop balanced muscle strength and flexibility to support correct alignment. We work to develop a positive connection between mind and body so each supports the good health of the other.

FAQ No.10 What is an Improver session like?
My Improver sessions build on the understanding of the principles and techniques of Pilates learned at Beginners-Intermediate level. Exercises are progressed from Intermediate to advanced levels. Good technique is still constantly reinforced.